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Applications open for the 2014-2015 Ryan Colburn Scholarship!
Ryan Colburn was an amazing young man with varied interests ranging from singing in a choir to sports (he was an avid Auburn and Atlanta Braves fan and played the outfield in Miracle League Baseball). He touched the hearts and lives of all he came in contact with his contagious personality and unforgettable smile. Ryan also carried a strong message to the disability community imploring others with disabilities to live life to the fullest. In honor of his life and his affirming message to the disability community, family leader, advocate and AMCHP board member Susan Colburn, in partnership with AMCHP, established the Ryan Colburn Scholarship in 2011 to  keep alive the work that Ryan had started in the recent years before his passing, speaking at local and national conferences about growing up with a disability and the spreading the message of the importance of living life to the fullest. The scholarship provides support for a youth with disabilities leader to attend the AMCHP Annual Conference, connect with family leaders, and continue to spread Ryan’s message of hope. Please share this valuable opportunity with a youth leader you know, and/ or pass it through your channels to reach youth leaders who may be interested. The deadline for Scholarship  applications is 8 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 7. To learn more about the scholarship, please click here or contact Michelle Jarvis at 202-775-1472.

Now Accepting Applications: AMCHP Emerging MCH Leadership Graduate Student Scholarship
AMCHP and Go Beyond MCH are offering a graduate student scholarship. This scholarship is designed to assist one graduate student per year in furthering their education while sponsoring their attendance at the AMCHP Annual Conference to hone their leadership skills and connect them with existing leaders within MCH. The deadline to submit application materials is by 8 p.m. EST on Nov. 17. To learn more and to see the application requirements, click here​.

Are your peers innovative and outstanding leaders? Nominate them for a 2015 AMCHP award!
AMCHP recognizes leadership in MCH in several ways, including awards presented to MCH leaders to honor their excellence in the field. These awards will be presented at the 2015 AMCHP Annual Conference, Jan. 24-27 in Washington, DC. AMCHP is now accepting nominations for the following:

  • John MacQueen Lecture Award for innovation in the field of maternal and child health
  • Excellence In State MCH Leadership Award for an outstanding state MCH professional whose career has made significant contributions to the health of women, children and families in their state
  • Merle McPherson Leadership Award for exemplary contributions to further family/state professional collaboration within a state Title V Program and AMCHP
  • Vince Hutchins Leadership Award for leadership in promoting a society responsive to the needs of women, children, youth and families
  • Young MCH Professional Award for significant contributions to state MCH programs in promoting and protecting the health of women, children, and families in their state and/or region.

For more information and the nomination guidelines for these awards, click here​.

Please note: All awards use the same nomination form, but a separate form must be submitted per nominee, per award.

Announcing the MCH Student Paired Practica Project for Summer 2015 - Deadline Extended!
The National MCH Workforce Development Center, in cooperation with the University of Illinois School of Public Health and Howard University, will support a Paired Practica Project in summer 2015. Through the project, master's or doctoral students/recent graduates from the 13 HRSA-funded SPH training programs and undergraduates from the Howard University MCH Pipeline Program will be supported in undertaking paired practica projects identified by state Title V programs as they respond to and implement health reform. Applications are due by Nov. 10. For more information about how the Paired Practica Project works, see the August 2014 article in AMCHP Pulse here. For a state Title V program application, please visit the National MCH Workforce Center website here

Healthy People 2020 Public Comment is Now Open
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is soliciting written comments regarding new objectives proposed to be added to Healthy People 2020 since the last public comment period in fall 2013. Healthy People 2020 will continue to provide opportunities for public input periodically throughout the decade to ensure that Healthy People 2020 reflects current public health priorities and public input. Public participation helps shape the framework, objectives, and targets of Healthy People 2020. During this round of public comment, HHS would like your input on proposed new objectives to be added to the topic areas. The comment period closes Nov. 7. For more information, click here​.​

AMCHP By-Laws Revisions Approved by Board of Directors
The AMCHP Board of Directors recently approved recommended revisions to the AMCHP By-Laws based upon a comprehensive legal review facilitated by the Governance Committee and utilizing a third-party law firm with specific expertise in nonprofit governance. The approved changes increase efficiency, remove duplicative language and introduce newly mandated clauses and language that ensure that our by-laws are legally current and in compliance with nonprofit law governing the District of Columbia. Members are encouraged to review the new AMCHP By-Laws here.

Per Article XIV of the By-Laws titled, Amendments to the By-Laws, the By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the of the Board of Directors, with appropriate notice of the proposed amendment in writing to the Secretary and transmitted to the Board members not less than two weeks prior to the meeting. This requirement was fully met. The By-Laws further stipulate that any changes to the By-Laws affecting the rights, classes and conditions or other aspects of membership shall be voted on by Regular members as required under the Act. In the case of the most recently adopted By-Laws revisions, none of the changes affected the rights, classes and conditions or other aspects of AMCHP membership and, therefore, did not require a full member vote.

If further information is required, please feel free to contact Lori Freeman, AMCHP CEO, at